Fire whistle to serve as tornado siren

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM.

CHIPLEY — The old fire whistle has been repaired and now operates as a tornado siren, according to a news release from the City of Chipley.

The siren will be used to help alert citizens to tornado warnings. The sirens will be activated when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning within the surrounding area or when a tornado is spotted or reported by a public safety official within our area.

Public safety officials will audibly test the sirens on the first Friday of each month between 3 and 4 p.m. Silent tests will be conducted to assure system readiness.

The new siren has a generator that will provide power so the city will be able to sound them even in the event that the power is out. This is a major advantage as in some cases power fails prior to an actual tornado warning.

The siren is an additional layer in the city’s multi-tiered approach in communicating emergency information to our citizens, according to the release. Residents monitoring an AM/FM radio or television can receive alerts through the Emergency Alert System. Residents also can receive alerts via their mobile devices utilizing the National Weather Service alert system. The addition of the siren helps officials better inform those who are outside in their yard, at the park or are driving in the surrounding area.

The siren is located on the water tower at the intersection of Main Street (Hwy 90) and Jackson Ave. (Hwy 77).

The City of Chipley provided the funding for the project.

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